Thursday, September 16, 2010
Personally, I Blame Jeremy C. Shipp For This
He very kindly send me a pdf of Fungus of the Heart. I said to myself, "It's short stories. I'll print them out one at a time."
If there is something I do not like, it is reading long pieces on the computer. Especially for entertainment. But I'm not going to turn down a book from an author just because of that.
Then, he extra kindly slipped me Cursed at the same time ... as a pdf.
The book whose review drew him to my attention in the first place.
No problem. I could read it on the computer. Not that big a deal. Really. I'd manage. Bravely. (It goes without saying, though I thought I would point it out to you just in case you missed it.)
I told Tom about my good fortune in scoring those two books.
Who looked at me and said, "The new Kindle is only $139. And they have it at Target."
It turns out I can get to the nearest Target in five minutes.
They didn't have it. But Amazon is getting one to me by Friday. The dears.
So, actually it is Tom's fault. (That's enabling, right? I couldn't help myself.)
Although I thought I was disinterested in e-readers and every conversation I had about them made me feel disinterested ... obviously my sub-brain knew differently from the speed with which I responded. (Sub-brain ... you know. I think it's a Lovecraftian thing. Or maybe Edgar Rice Burroughs? Robert E. Howard? Anyway. I digress.)
At one point, I surfaced to sanity and said bravely, "You know, I could just buy the darned book for about seven bucks, now that I think of it. Just because I was given a free pdf is no reason to spend $139."
(Brave again. I know. I'm just like that.)
"I never thought of that," Tom said, but in a detached way. "Huh. Well, we're bound to have one eventually. The technology is headed in that direction."
"If you say so," and I sank back into the warm waters of E-reader/Gadget Instant Gratification, spending much of the evening perusing the artistic protective skins available.
I told you he was an enabler.
[I figured I'd wind up with some sort of e-reader sooner or later. After all, someone podcasting public domain books has to have access to Project Gutenberg's pdfs somehow. I've been printing out what I needed whenever it came up. Eventually I was going to run into something that was too big print out.
So, actually ... I blame the podcast. From the bottom of my sub-brain. ]